Here’s our article on the best car seat covers. One of the most stress-inducing scenarios is when your car is brand new (or, if second hand, new to you) and the interior is immaculate. You’re not going to be one of those people who treat the inside like a trash can – your vehicle is your home away from home, so you’re going to treat it as such. It’s going to stay pristine, you think.
Of course this is not the case. It’s impossible to keep everything looking great all the time, especially the inside of your car – a space where you’ll spend most of your time. But you can do your best to keep it clean, and save money on frequent cleans and services. One such method is an investment in car seat covers.
They’re quite cheap, so it might not be what you’d call an investment at all. However, you might not know which is the best car seat cover for you. The best car seat cover for dogs (if you’re a dog owner, or walker) might not be as effective for, say, sweaty clothes after a workout.
The following list aims to help you decide on the best car seat cover for you.
Leader Accessories Saddle Front Seat Covers
We will start with the basics. If you’re not an extreme sports athlete, traipsing mud and dirt everywhere, but just want to keep your seats clean, then these are probably your best bet. Leader Accessories is a reliable brand, and their fabric seat covers are both comfortable and practical.
They’ll keep you warm in winter, and cool in the heat, as well as having a material and fit that won’t slide you around. As we’ve said, fabric covers won’t keep your car clean from copious amounts of dirt, but should manage the odd spillage, and a mild accumulation of dirt.
They’re easy to fit, with a velcro strap, and are machine washable – so they’re ideal if you have dogs, and frequently need to wash your car seat cover.
Plush Paws Products Hammock Car Seat Cover with Pet Harnesses
This is one specifically tailored for dog owners. If you’re wondering about the best car seat covers for dogs, this is the one we would recommend. What we like best about this, is that it will keep your dog safe because it doubles up as a harness.
The polyester material isn’t only comfortable, but it is pretty much guaranteed to protect your seats from hair, fur, drool, and most dirt that might be picked up during walkies. This makeshift hammock is easy to install, too: elastic straps attach to both front and back headrests.
Aully Park Waterproof Universal Car Seat Cover
It’s obvious from its name: this is a cover for those who require a waterproof for more than just coffee spills. If you’re a fitness fanatic who drives home after a particularly sweaty workout, this car seat cover is for you.
The Aully Park Waterproof cover is made from durable and comfortable polyester, with dual-layers and anti-skid protection. Only the headrest needs to be clipped into place, so it’s easily removable (if you don’t fancy the smell of sweat lingering around later!)
Black Panther Car Seat Protectors
These are for slightly more luxurious and showy purposes, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t comfortable or practical too. Black Panther Car Seat Protectors have a classy looking diamond pattern design, made from polyurethane leather, and non-stick rubber on the other side.
Unlike others, they don’t fully cover the seat – so they’re more like car seat protectors than covers per se. Thanks to this, however, they are compatible with any side airbag in your car. They also add a nifty pair of pockets for storage in your car.
Installation is slightly more technical, with a buckle and elastic band for the headrest, and plastic buckles and metal hooks used to secure it to the seat itself. While this might be quite fidgety to remove all the time, it sure will look good on special occasions.
Regardless of your practical needs or aesthetic preferences, you should always make sure the seat cover fits before you buy it. While it’s true that most covers are designed to be a universal fit, this isn’t a guarantee that it will be perfect. It may cost more money to have a custom made one, but at least you won’t waste money buying one that doesn’t fit.
We should also add that this list is limited to the best available option for the need you have. Also, you don’t have to stick to just one car seat cover. It’s perfectly acceptable to have a waterproof cover for after your gym workout, and change to a classy leather one for your date later that evening. There are hundreds of other options out there, so have fun with the interior decorating!